National Library Week is observed April 12-18 with the theme “Unlimited possibilities @ your library”. It’s a week to celebrate the contributions of libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support.
The history of National Library Week is fascinating. In today’s era of technology, we think we have a unique environment that requires a strong push to encourage reading. But in the mid-1950s, research showed that Americans were spending less on books and more on radios, televisions and musical instruments. The American Library Association and the American Book Publishers joined forces to “encourage people to read in their increasing leisure time” to “improve incomes and health” and “develop strong and happy family life.” This goal spawned the now annual week to celebrate libraries.